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Lion's Mane (Hericium erinaceus) is one of the most famous mushrooms in oriental history and has been traditionally used as

Aug 17, 2019

Lion's Mane mushroom is also known as "Monkey Head" or "Bear's Head" thanks to the beautifully cascading long white tendrils hanging down from the solid rubber-like base.

In Chinese it is known as Houtou, in Cantonese it is Hous Gu. In Japan it is called Yamabushitake because of the resemblance to the ornamental cloth worn by the Yamabushi monks. Its English common name is Hedgehog Fungus.

Legend tells us that the ones that regularly consume this mushroom would have the steel nerves and memory of a lion.

This magnificent mushroom grows off the recently fallen deciduous broad-leaved trees, mostly oaks. Its white flesh is slightly ice-like translucent and rubbery when touched. The base is strongly attached to the tree trunk and it is difficult to remove it without the use of a sharp knife.

Lion's Mane is not just an edible mushroom, it is regarded as a culinary delicacy and one of the four most famous Chinese dishes. When prepared the texture reminds one of an octopus, squid or a lobster. It is delicious when sty-fried with oyster sauce or chopped cold in a salad with sesame oil and seaweed.

The secret is to pick the mushroom at the right time. It has a rubbery texture if it is picked and cooked when too young; if too old it develops an unpleasant sour taste. Exquisitely enjoyable when prepared at the prime time.

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